When it comes to blocking, Joey Logano is a graduate of the Tony Stewart School. Block him once and live to tell about it. Block him twice and all bets are off.
Had Logano simply backed off and allowed Matt Kenseth to win at Kansas Speedway, he would have earned one fewer point in the Contender Round of the Chase. He likely would have won two weeks later at Martinsville, as well, advancing directly to Homestead Miami Speedway to race for the championship. But racers don’t “let” other races win, especially on days when they clearly have the best car.
No NASCAR driver will even again announce his intention to wreck a fellow competitor. Kenseth learned that lesson the hard way.
Respect takes forever to earn, and four seconds to lose.
My driver is never wrong. Yours is seldom right.
One year from now, I hope Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage shows some consistency and presents retiring driver Tony Stewart with a lovely pair of ponies, just like he did for Jeff Gordon last week.
This Chase format makes just about anything justifiable.
If you’re going to wreck a guy, take a page from the Richard Milhous Nixon Book of Plausible Deniability and do it subtly.
Rarely has there been more talent, poised and waiting for their shot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Erik Jones, Ty Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Jones, Spencer Gallagher, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy, Ryan Reed, Ross Chastain, Cameron Hayley and Daniel Hemric – not to mention a fistful of other talented youngsters – are quite literally kicking down the door in NASCAR’s two developmental national series. Not all of them will make it to the bigtime. Not every qualified young racer ever has. But the future of the sport has seldom been in better, more talented hands.
Kyle Busch has proven – at long last – that he possesses the mental toughness and focus to deal with the pressure of a championship Chase.
PREDICTION: Logano will not win the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. He will, however, rectify that situation, exactly 12 months from now.
Anybody missing Patricia Driscoll lately? Me either.
The most confusing word in all of NASCAR? “Quintessential.”
I swear, Kevin Harvick paints himself into corners, just for the hell of it.
Martin Truex, Jr.’s longstanding status as the most underrated driver in NASCAR is rapidly coming to an end.
Nobody does the “angry stomp” better than Ms. Danica Patrick.
Whether Jeff Gordon hoists the Sprint Cup at Homestead or not, he will most certainly retire a champion.